17th Palm Springs International Film Festival

17th Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA (January 5 - January 16, 2006)

In the framework of the Palm Springs festival (USA, January 5-16, 2006), our jury reviewed the official Best Foreign Language submissions to the Academy Awards and presented the "FIPRESCI Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year 2005" to Buffalo Boy (Mua Len Trau), the submission from Vietnam (2005). Director Minh Nguyen-Vo's feature debut is a coming-of-age journey through French Indochina shortly before World War II. A teenaged boy transports his family's buffalos to greener pastures during the seasonal floods and discovers the joys and challenges of masculine ritual.

Ion Fiscuteanu received the "FIPRESCI Award Best Actor" for his performance in The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Moartea Domnului Lazarescu, Romania) directed by Cristi Puiu.
Meltem Cumbul received the "FIPRESCI Award Best Actress" for her performance in Lovelorn (Gönül Yarasi, Turkey) directed by Yavuz Turgul.


Moartea Domnului Lazarescu The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

by Cristi Puiu  

(Romania, 2005, 35mm, 150 mins) Jury: Robert Koehler (US) , Henrik Uth Jensen (Denmark) , Gideon Kouts (France) , Charles-Stéphane Roy (Canada) , Kirill Razlogov (Russia)
International Sales: Mandragora
Gönül Yarasi Lovelorn

by Yavuz Turgul  

(Turkey, 2005, 35mm, 142 mins)
International Sales: Filma-Cass, Most Production

Traps and Tribulations in the Oscar Game

by Robert Koehler

More than any other festival, Palm Springs provides a ... read more

A Life in Water

by Henrik Uth Jensen

The opening images of Minh Nguyen-Vo's Buffalo Boy (Mu... read more

Into the (real) Heart of Darkness

by Gideon Kouts

"We didn't choose to live here," says the old woman - ... read more

How to win a performance award in Palm Springs

by Charles-Stéphane Roy

The one thing I was expecting from our jury duty at th... read more

Actresses and Genres: The Victory of Meltem Cumbul

by Kirill Razlogov

This year Oscar's pre-selection of foreign language fi... read more